By BROOKE WANSER
A fire in the Villages of Carter’s Court on Monday night left minimal damages, Franklin Fire Department officials said.
Firefighters responded to the scene at 11:23 p.m. Monday night; Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King said the conflagration started on the exterior of Building C, near the electric meters. Though the building has fire sprinklers, they were not deployed since the blaze was on the exterior of the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there were no injuries. The fire department reports that estimated damage is limited to $50,000; the building holds an estimated value of $1 million.
Last September, the Franklin Glassblowing Studio in the same complex caught fire, prompting the popular craft studio’s closure.
Carter’s Court, which includes 25 specialty shops and restaurants, is across from the Carter House historic site. It was designed by Williamson County native Calvin Lehew and modeled after European villages. Four years ago, Lehew was honored by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County for his preservation efforts, including the revitalization of Main Street.